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Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Mellissa Urban, 99th Medical Group contracted licensed practical nurse, gives a vaccination to Tech. Sgt. Allan Habel, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds quality assurance inspector, at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. Receiving immunizations for preventable diseases is one…

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Leadership Lessons: Do you know our Air Force Heritage?

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist. One month later on July 28, the Austrian-Hungary Empire declared war on Serbia and by mid-August the great powers of Europe would be embroiled in war. Within a short time…

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99th CES ‘plumbers’ keep mission flowing

U.S. Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Staff Sgt. Alan Franklin, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels systems maintenance craftsman, uses a hand auger, or plumbing snake, to unclog a drain pipe at the Nellis Inn on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. The pipe Franklin was unclogging was the main…

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Civil Air Patrol cadets gain insight on Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Maj. Jason Curtis, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron no. 6 pilot, interacts with Civil Air Patrol cadets at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 18. The CAP cadets were visiting the base to tour the Thunderbirds museum and the Threat Training Facility to gain more…

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Microchips help return lost furry friends

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Dr. Michael Simpson, a Department of Army Civilian Veterinary medical officer, scans ‘P.J.,’ a military working dog, for a microchip number at the Nellis Veterinary Treatment Facility at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 20. Military working dogs are required to have microchips due to…


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DOD focuses on healthy, active lifestyle for kids

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department’s director of the office of family policy and children and youth said. In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson…

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DOD to preserve historic images

Posted  January 24, 2014

The Defense Imagery Management Operations Center recently signed a $5 million agreement to digitize, store and provide access to hundreds of thousands of historical images. DIMOC is the Defense Department’s central repository for visual imagery. It exists to preserve visual records first for the DOD, and then for other agencies and members of the public,…

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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted  January 24, 2014

Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

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Obama calls military sexual assaults ‘profound injustice’

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today addressed what he called the “profound injustice” of sexual assaults in the military. During a White House Council on Women and Girls event in the East Room, the president reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to preventing sexual violence in America. With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other Cabinet members on…

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Nominees sought for 2014 SAIGE Award

Posted  January 24, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2014 Society of American Indian Government Employees Meritorious Service Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan. 22. The SAIGE Meritorious Service Award honors male and female military members and Department of Defense civilian employees who support the DOD global conflict…

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Airmen participate in annual load crew competition

Posted  January 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster Tech. Sgt. Thomas Holmes, 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Strike Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, guides an inert Mark-82 bomb onto an F-15E Strike Eagle during the annual load crew competition on the flightline Jan. 17 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Load crew competitions…

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Ask the Doc

Posted  January 24, 2014

Q.“My child just turned 18 and has recently graduated from high school. Will my child still be eligible for TRICARE benefits?” A. “Yes. Your child is eligible for TRICARE benefits until he/she turns 21 or 23 if he/she is enrolled full-time at an institution of higher learning (approved by the Secretary of Defense, Department of…

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Community Happenings – January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

Every Monday: Ready Set Grow at the Youth Center 10 a.m. Every Wednesday: Grill Your Own Steak at The Club 5 p.m. Every Thursday: Walk-in GI Bill briefing 2 p.m. Every Friday: Social hour at the Robin’s Roost 4 p.m. EFMP Parent Support Group: Share common experiences unique to special needs families and learn about new information and resources. We…

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Nellis leadership pay final respects to fallen wingman

Posted  January 17, 2014

Airmen from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., render a final salute to Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Hubbard, 53rd Test Management Group superintendent, while the Nellis AFB Honor Guard places his casket on a conveyor to load into an awaiting aircraft during a dignified transfer ceremony Jan. 10 at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas. Hubbard was…

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Nellis Airmen volunteer for search, rescue exercise

Posted  January 17, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — An exercise entailing joint search and rescue capability centered on training members of the Red Rock Search and Rescue, Nevada Civil Air Patrol and National Association of Search and Rescue, lasted one week, split into two weekends, Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 3-5 at the Valley of Fire State Park, Perkins Airport…

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